Summer Research Students Demonstrate Research at Student Poster Session



The School of Science hosted the 2016 Summer Research Student Poster Session on Saturday, Oct. 8th.  The event was held in the Atrium of Brousseau Hall from 2-4 p.m. Students stood by their posters ready to describe their summer research findings to the many attendees.  The event culminated in the presentation of student achievement awards by Dean Roy Wensley, including the coveted Joseph P. McKenna Medal to the student whose research project and presentation was judged the most outstanding.  The committee, including two students and three School of Science faculty members, did the judging. The results were:

Recipient of the Joseph P. McKenna Medal

    Kristina Pravoverov - Mentor: Dr. Vidya Chandrasekaran, Biology


1st Runner Up

   Krystal Karunungan – Mentor: Dr. Vidya Chandrasekaran, Biology


2nd Runners Up

   Amanda Dukes – Mentor: Dr. David Chambers, Biology

  Griffin Shaw MentorDr. Mark Lingwood, Chemistry

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In addition, Dr. Michael Marchetti, who holds the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Biology, also gives an award to the student whose project he judges to demonstrate the best use of the scientific method.  The recipient was:

Fletcher Jones Award

   Melissa Van Dyke – Mentor: Dr. Emily Hause, Psychology


About the Summer Research Program

Each year, the School of Science conducts a scholarly research competition where high-achieving students can select a faculty mentor and apply for funding to conduct summer research in their field of interest.  Each student prepares a project proposal and the chairs and program directors of the School of Science choose the most meritorious projects for funding.  Since 1986, over 270 students have participated annually in the Summer Research Program, with more than 60 School of Science faculty serving as their mentors. Many of these participants entered graduate school following graduation, to pursue their love of research; while many others entered medical school. The School of Science is very proud of this successful student research program and every student who participates.